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Defiance / Defiance MO



Defiance Trailhead is located approximately 0.2 mile from the Katy Trail, in Defiance MO

Directions: At the western end of town - the "S" turn in hwy 94, it is located on the south side of the highway.
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Is the trail flooded
Cathy from OFallon on 06/29/2021 07:57 AM:
How do I find out of the trail of closed due to flooding in the Defiance area? MU daughter came in town last spring, arrived at the trail, and then we found out it was flooded. Any help would be appreciated.

 
steve from saint louis on 06/29/2021 09:06 AM:
DNR maintains a Trail Advisory Map online. However, in your case, best to follow this link....https://mostateparks.com/page/58843/potential-flood-locations , which shows that the Weldon Springs area begins flooding when the St. Charles Guage is at 31 feet. That page also provides a link to the river level data at the St. Charles Guage, showing a current crest at 29 feet, so it should be open now. However, would not take much more rain to push that above 31 feet.

 
Gary from Near Tebbetts on 06/29/2021 09:40 AM:
Go to this sites home page
Scroll down until you see “Trail Conditions”
Click on the link
Look at map, expand map, look at markers for conditions
Easy Peasy


 
Gary from Near Tebbetts on 06/29/2021 09:45 AM:
Oooops

Maybe not so Easy Peasy
Be sure to scroll below the trail user conditions to the state parks trail conditions link if you want the map.

Which direction is more scenic?
Kelly from Kirkwood on 05/31/2021 08:00 PM:
Taking our kids on the Katy Trail for the first time tomorrow. We will either start at the Defiance or Augusta trailhead. We can’t make it from one town to the other. We have a five year old. But I am wondering which direction from either of those Trail heads is more scenic?

 
Sam from Cottleville, MO on 05/31/2021 08:38 PM:
Personally, I really like the area between Defiance and Augusta. The area near Klondike park is nice. There is a parking lot near there where you can see the river.

 
Dave from Kirkwood on 06/01/2021 09:33 AM:
They are both nice. Going east from Augusta, it is about 3 miles to the Klondike boat ramp (nice view of river), and then the trail parallels highway 94. There is a very nice bluff before you get to the boat ramp, and you can also bike/walk up the paved path to Klondike park where there is a playground (for 5-year old).

From Defiance going east, it is about 2 miles of farmland to Weldon Springs trailhead. There is a nice old bridge over Femme Osage creek in this section. Once past the Weldon Springs trailhead, it is more secluded (no farms, no roads) given history and current conservation status. There is a nice river view a couple miles from Weldon Springs trailhead (4-5 miles from Defiance).

Which direction is more scenic?
Kelly from Kirkwood on 05/31/2021 10:37 PM:
Taking our kids on the Katy Trail for the first time tomorrow. We will either start at the Defiance or Augusta trailhead. We can’t make it from one town to the other. We have a five year old. But I am wondering which direction from either of those Trail heads is more scenic?